The northern pike is one of North America’s largest and most vicious predatory fish. The species is similar in shape and color to other members of the pike family, including the muskellunge and chain pickerel.

The northern pike’s well camouflaged body is marked with a pattern of light markings on a dark green background. This makes them practically invisible when hiding among aquatic vegetation, which is a common hunting tactic for the species.

Several features distinguish Northern Pike from the larger musky. These include body markings, the lower half of the cheek having scales, five pores or less on each side of the underside of the jaw, and rounded tail tips.